The rocket carrying Shenzhou 15 was tall enough to be a 20-story high building. On Tuesday night, it roared into Gobi Desert’s night sky, carrying three astronauts on its way to a rendezvous with Shenzhou 15. China’s just-completed space station.

The rocket launch was split-screen. ChinaThe country’s latest technological achievement is.

As the white rocket soared into the night sky, the air was shaken just before the setting moon. The expedition to The new space station marks a significant milestone China’s rapidly advancing space program. This is the first time that a team of three astronauts has been on board the space station. Tiangong A crew from Earth will arrive to meet the outpost. As the International Space Station, the Chinese space station will be constantly occupied. Space Station, another marker that was laid by China It is a race to Catch up with the United States and It can be defeated as the dominant power of space.

With a steady presence aboard low-Earth orbit TiangongChinese space officials are currently preparing to NASA also wants to put astronauts on Mars. to As part of the Artemis program, you can revisit the site before the end the decade.

“It will not take a long time; we can achieve the goal of manned moon landing,” Zhou Jianping, Chief Designer of China’s crewed space program, said in an interview at the launch center. China He has been working on a lunar landing craft, he said, but he didn’t give any date.

Shenzhou 15 is launched less than two weeks after NASA’s Artemis I mission was finally launched. This follows many delays. The uncrewed Orion capsule was successfully launched into orbit around the Moon.

Beijing is also engaging in charm offensive after the Group of 20 summit at Bali earlier in the month, appealing to European countries and Especially developing countries. That includes space exploration. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, emphasized that point in a letter on Nov. 21 to Symposium at the United Nations.

“China is willing to work with other countries to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, jointly explore the mysteries of the universe, make peaceful use of outer space, and promote space technology to better benefit the people of all countries in the world,” Mr. Xi wrote.

The Artemis missions are being carried out by the United States while the European countries collaborate with them and International Space Station, however, has so far not expressed much interest. Tiangong. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action responded in writing to Questions regarding whether Germany had bilateral projects with any other country China For its space station.

Germany, however, is not the only country that can be referred to. and Italy sent four astronauts in 2004. to China’s Shandong Province for training to Fly aboard a Shenzhou rocket. Neither country has made any plans to do so. to Send astronauts aboard a Chinese rocket. European scientists are participating in scientific experiments that will also be carried out. to TiangongHowever, the proposal includes a high-energy, cosmic radiation detector. Peru, Mexico and India are the researchers and Saudi Arabia has also been offered research opportunities through a United Nations program on the Chinese space station.

Europe’s space officials have been cautious about closer cooperation during a time of increasing frictions. China’s human rights record and Military buildup. They have asked China to Partially, share detailed information on its space operations. to Assist astronauts in safety. But ChinaSpace program closely related to. to Its military has been cautious about doing so.

This military connection was displayed at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in the desert. Camouflaged vehicles can be seen in and The base is surrounded by and Some signs are not referred to to Shenzhou civilian rockets for space but to Dongfeng, used for ballistic missiles China’s nuclear weapon arsenal.

Visitors to the launch centre received a series short, automated warning messages on mobile phones. They started approximately 50 miles away. They were warned that they had entered a zone of military management where photography was prohibited. and Violators of national security would face execution.

The first message, in Chinese, gave a mobile number that could be used to report suspicious activity or foreigners sightings. and End with a warning “Those stealing secrets will surely be caught, and will be decapitated once caught! Everyone catch enemy spies, and make great contributions by seizing them!”

Ji Qiming is the assistant director general of The China Manned Space Engineering Office spoke at a press conference Monday, ahead of the Shenzhou 15 launch. China The preservation of the heritage was the goal “two bombs one satellite” Mao’s vision. The program was intended to to Make an intercontinental missile and an atomic weapon. to The bomb is yours to carry and Satellites can be accessed from: to View the entire world from below.

Tuesday was a rare day for foreign journalists. to The launch center was built in 1958. and Even for Chinese citizens, it is often out of bounds.

The Sunday Review has two journalists and Kyodo News of Japan allowed a photographer to As well as a small number of journalists from mainland, they attended the launch ChinaHong Kong and Macau. Beijing Visitors and Additional cities were needed to Spend one week in quarantine at the nearest village hotel, approximately 50 miles away. and to pass daily PCR tests. For their accommodation and travel expenses, foreign journalists are paid and quarantine.

As part of the elaborate precautions, the quarantine was included. to Keep the Covid-19 viruses from spreading to the space center. The site was briefly halted by an outbreak in the last year.

The base is 150 miles away from Jiayuguan (northern Gansu Province) and is situated in the Gobi desert. An older vehicle can be found on the highway to the city. China was still visible as a farmer’s small herd of Bactrian camels loped along, their double humps shaggy with dark-brown fur as winter approaches.

The region around the launch center has some of the world’s tallest stationary sand dunes, rising to It reaches a height of more than 1,000 feet. The base is surrounded by gray gravel. to an architectural mélange.

A huge vertical assembly facility for rockets and The base is dominated by modern administrative highrises. The buildings are behind them are older low-rise brick buildings featuring prominent Communist Party insignia. and Rows of three-story apartment blocks with peeling paint were then built. The astronaut living and The training quarters that were used prior to launches were constructed in an Art Deco style with a curious resemblance. to Tomorrowland Disneyland

The site’s newer buildings are a sign of how quickly they are changing. China Space has been catching up to the West in space. Charles Bolden was the NASA leader during the Obama administration. China’s ample budgets and Its long-term planning was an advantage over the United States where Congress is divided on space spendings.

ChinaHe said that he moved as fast as he could. “anybody would do if they had unlimited resources and didn’t have to go back” Several times to Approval of expenditures by politicians

According to Mr. Zhou, the crewed-space agency, China It had used its money effectively on its space program. and Its space station cost less than $8 billion. Pay and The cost of living is low for the large number of rocket scientists who live in the area and Jiuquan Launch Center is where they work most of the time in isolation. However, they have internet communication with the rest. China For national security reasons, restrictions may be enforced.

NASA, however, will spend $3Billion on International this year. Space Station has cost more than $100 Billion to Bauen and Maintain it throughout its entire life.

When the Shenzhou 15 lifted off, three men were on board: Fei Junlong and Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu. China It has previously sent women into space on previous missions, but chose to use its oldest. and Most experienced team of astronauts to Make sure you get the newly completed space station up and Running in the next six month.

When they were introduced at a news conference the trio stood still. and The recipient received crisp military salutes. Commander of the Spaceflight Command, Mr. Fei, was the first man to enter space in 2005. and Is 57 years old.

“I am very proud and excited to be able to go to space again for my country,” He said.

Huang Weifen (chief designer of the astronaut systems) stated in an interview that China Addition of resistance equipment and A wider selection of spaceflight menus is available, including fresh fruits. and vegetables.

The space station can carry herbal treatments that are based on traditional Chinese medicine. and It can also be used for medicated bathtubs to After their return, astronauts to Earth, in an effort to She also suggested that space-related injuries could be minimized.

Zhou Jianping claimed that experiments were necessary. to The crew would need to use an extremely accurate atomic timer for gravity research in order to accomplish this task. and A space telescope is used for ultraviolet studies in distant parts of the universe.

“China’s aerospace industry is developing rapidly,” He said. “China is already a major aerospace power.”

Li You Jiuquan contributed research